ECE 60420 - Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3

Areas of Specialization(s):

VLSI and Circuit Design
Microelectronics and Nanotechnology

Counts as:

Normally Offered: Fall - odd years

Requisites:
Graduate standing or consent of instructor

Catalog Description:
This course aims at analysis and design of CMOS integrated radio frequency (RF), microwave and mm-wave circuits. Various modules of a RF transceiver are discussed including, how noise amplifiers, mixers, oscillators, frequency synthesizers and power amplifiers. A term project on design on RF to mm-wave module is required.

Required Text(s):
  1. The Design of CMOS Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit, Thomas Lee, Cambridge Press, 2003, ISBN No. 0-521-83539-9.

Recommended Text(s): None.

Lecture Outline:

Week
1 RF front-end architectures and modulation techniques
2 Active/passive devices and CMOS technology
3 Distributed elements, S-parameters and Smith Chart
4 Understanding noise in RF systems
5 Linearity of RF devices and circuits
6 Narrowband and wideband amplifier designs
7 Low Noise Amplifiers
8 Review and Midterm 1
9 RF Mixers
10-11 RF Power amplifiers
12-13 Oscillators, frequency synthesizers and phase noise
14 Review and Midterm 2
15 Project presentations
16 Course summary and conclusions